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NASCAR RACE #20 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, today at 1:00 p.m.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves into the midwest city of Indianapolis for the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard.

Race time is 1:00 p.m. on ESPN.

The 400-mile race consists of 160 laps on the 2.5-mile oval and a crowd of 250,000-plus is expected.

The famous brickyard is best known to everyone as the home of the Indianapolis 500 which occurs every May around Memorial Day.

Aerial view of IMS (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was built in 1909, is now an asphalt track with flat straightaways.

IMS has the claim as the world’s largest spectator sporting venue with permanent seating reaching 250,000 or more.

The track was paved in 1909 with 3.2 million bricks. A “yard of bricks” is at the starting-finish line.

RECAPPING THE 2011 BRICKYARD 400:

Paul Menard earned his first Sprint Cup win, holding off crowd-favorite, Jeff Gordon by 0.7 seconds. His crew chief’s pit strategy helped Menard lead 11 of the final 16 laps.

Jamie McMurray, the last driver to surrender the lead, finished fourth in the race. Kasey Kahne started the race second and led a high of 48 laps but finished a disappointing 18th.

Menard’s dad, John, has been a car owner for many drivers in the Indy 500.

The top 10 starting lineup with their qualifying speed for this year’s race includes:

2011 Brickyard 400 winner Paul Menard (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for NASCARmedia.com)

1. #11 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 182.762.

2. #99 Carl Edwards, Ford, 181.984

3. #16 Greg Biffle, Ford, 181.532

4. #48 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 181.357

5. #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 180.952

6. #17 Matt Kenseth, Ford 180.654

7. #51 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 180.487

8. #78 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 180.473

9. #56 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 180.433

10. #21 Trevor Bayne, Ford, 180.390

For further information and to follow the race, log onto to NASCAR.com or Indianapolismotorspeedway.com


 

NASCAR RACE #22 PREVIEW: Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 

(courtesy of IMS Inc.)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup moves back into the Midwest as it settles into the famous brickyard of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400 presented by a new sponsor, BigMachineRecords.com!

The race will start from Indianapolis, Indiana at 1:00 p.m. On ESPN.

The Brickyard is 400 miles which breaks down to 160 laps on the 2.5 oval.

A crowd of 250,000 is expected.

This world’s most famous racing facility is best known for the Indianapolis 500 which runs every May right before Memorial Day. The Brickyard as it is called, was built in 1909 and is actually asphalt with flat straightaways. The track was paved in late 1909 with 3.2 million paving bricks. The “Yard of Bricks” remains at the start/finish line.

Rewinding to the 2010 Brickyard 400 race, Juan Pablo Montoya led 86 of 160 laps, but it was Jamie McMurray who took the lead from Kevin Harvick on the final restart and led the final 11 laps. Montoya was involved in a crash with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on lap 147 of 160.

Harvick finished second, Greg Biffle third, Clint Bowyer fourth and Tony Stewart fifth.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2001 (photo by Rich Dikeman via wikipedia commons)

The win by McMurray was very sweet for car owner Chip Ganassi, who celebrated his first Daytona 500 win, had Dario Franchitti win the Indy Racing League’s Indy 500 and won the Brickyard 400 in 2010.

Those achievements allowed Ganassi to become the first owner to win the “Triple Crown” of American auto racing in one season.

The top drivers at the Brickyard 400 are Jeff Gordon with four wins and Tony Stewart with two.

On the pole for the 2011 race is David Ragan, driver of the #6 UPS/Hall of Fame/Ned Jarrett Ford.

For more information, please visit www.brickyard400.com.

 

Info compiled from NASCAR news

With pressure mounting, Tressel resigns at Ohio State

 

Jim Tressel with ongoing investigations and almost daily news reports about player misconduct being a distraction, resigned on Memorial Day as Ohio State’s head football coach.

Tressel guided the Buckeyes to it’s first national championship in 34 years and several BCS Bowl Games, over the past months has seen the program’s image sour around the country due to NCAA violations from a tatoo-parlor scandal and players selling memorabilia.

With his resignation, Tressel leaves $3.5 million a year on the table.

Tressel will still have to go before the NCAA’s committee on infractions in August for lying and then covering it up. School officials will be at the meeting as well.

His resignation ends six months of controversy and bad press for the program.

Jim Tressel during 2011 Spring Game. The last time we'll see him on the sidelines (photo by Dave Maetzold)

In December during bowl preparations, five Ohio State players were found to have received cash and discounted tatoos from the owner who was under a federal drug-trafficking investigation. Those players were suspended for the first five games of the upcoming 2011 season. But they were allowed to play in OSU’s 31-26 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Sugar Bowl.

When the team came back from the bowl game, University officials began working on the player’s appeal of the sanctions. That was the time that investigators found out Tressel knew in April 2010 about the players’ involvement with Edward Rife, owner of the tatoo parlor.

Luke Fickell, who was already named interim head coach for Tressel’s five-game suspension, was named the coach for the entire 2011 season.

The search for a new head coach will begin after the upcoming season ends.

Ohio State athetics director Gene Smith responds to Jim Tressel’s resignation in a video: http://go.osu.edu/DVX.

 

Info courtesy of Ohio State, Radio & TV